Rob Sgarlata | Georgetown University

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Team: Georgetown University
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: West Nyack, New York

Biography

Rob Sgarlata (C'94, S'12) was named the 31st head football coach in GU program history in February 2014. In addition to his head coaching duties, Sgarlata also works with the team's running backs. He became just the fourth person to have played football and graduated from Georgetown before earning the head coach title, joining Joe Reilly, Jack Hagerty and Maurice Dubofsky.

In 2016, Sgarlata led the Hoyas to their first 3-0 start since 1999 with wins over Davidson (38-14), Marist (20-17) and Columbia (17-14). With its homecoming win over Columbia, Georgetown claimed its second-straight Lou Little Trophy. The GU defense led the Patriot League in scoring defense (23.3 ppg) and was tied for third in interceptions (13), while the special teams unit tied for the national lead in blocked kicks (8).

In each of his first two seasons at the helm, Sgarlata guided a one-game improvement in the win column. In 2015, Georgetown took home the first Lou Little Trophy by beating Columbia (24-16) and earned its first home victory over an Ivy League program, defeating Brown (17-3). Kyle Nolan became GU's all-time leader in pass attempts, completions and total offense, earning an invitation to Baltimore Ravens Rookie mini-camp. Cornerback Ettian Scott led Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with 19 pass breakups.

Defensive end Alec May had an All-America season in 2014, breaking the program's single-season sack record and leading the nation with 16.5. Linebacker Nick Alfieri became the third player in program history to eclipse 300 tackles. Both were named First Team All-Patriot League.

Upon becoming head coach, Sgarlata quickly began setting a foundation for the program based on three principles: 4 for 40, men for others and "SISU" a Finnish phrase that translates into courage in the face of adversity.

Sgarlata's emphasis on excellence in the classroom has shown as the program set a Patriot League record with 45 student-athletes on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2014. The Hoyas also had the highest academic progress rate (APR) in the Patriot League for two-straight academic years (2013-14 and 2014-15), scoring a perfect 1,000 in 2014-15.

Prior to being named head coach, Sgarlata had been on the Hoya coaching staff for 18 seasons, working with four different position groups and served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for 10 seasons. During his tenure as defensive coordinator, he helped guide the Hoyas to the top-ranked scoring defense in the Patriot League in 2011 and the second-ranked scoring defense in 2012. The Hoyas featured four ECAC First Team selections and 20 All-Patriot League selections on defense.

Within the defense, Sgarlata coached All-Americans Michael Ononibaku (2005), Alex Buzbee (2006), Andrew Schaetzke (2011) and Robert McCabe (2012). Schaetzke was just the ninth consensus All-American in Patriot League history. Both Shaetzke and McCable earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the year honors and Sgarlata also guided the 1996 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Year, Janne Kouri. Additionally, he coached current Georgetown special teams coordinator Maurice Banks as well as three-time All-Patriot League performer Jeremy Moore and two-time selection Jayah Kaisamba.

Buzbee became the second Hoya in program history to make an NFL roster, suiting up for the Washington Redskins (2007-09). He also played for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL from (2010-11).

While working on the offensive side of the ball, Sgarlata helped lead the Hoyas to consecutive MAAC Championships in 1998 and 1999 and an appearance in the 1998 ECAC Bowl. J.J. Mont was named the 1999 Co-Offensive Player of the Year and he coached Georgetown's all-time leading receiver in yards (3,089) and touchdowns (39), Gharun Hester.

Sgarlata has also served as an academic advisor, career and alumni liaison, financial aid liaison, internship director and computer and technology liaison during his 18 years with the football program.

A four-year letterwinner at Georgetown, Sgarlata is among the program's all-time leading rushers. He was a team captain as a senior in 1993 and received the John J. Hagerty Award. He excelled in the classroom, being named to the 1993 GTE District II Academic All-America Football Team and was also named to the MAAC Football League Academic All-Star Team.

Sgarlata graduated from Georgetown in 1994 from the College of Arts & Sciences with a degree in government and international relations. In May 2012, he completed his master's degree in sport industry management from Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies.

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